Pokémon had a massive surprise for us with this presentation. One of those surprises is very close to my heart and the hearts of many people within the community! The presentation itself was only around ten minutes, and I have to say I am loving this ‘direct’ style of revealing things that Nintendo (And now the world) are doing. It’s […]
Pokémon had a massive surprise for us with this presentation. One of those surprises is very close to my heart and the hearts of many people within the community! The presentation itself was only around ten minutes, and I have to say I am loving this ‘direct’ style of revealing things that Nintendo (And now the world) are doing. It’s convenient and feels a little more personal, developers get to talk to us, and there is a natural flow of information. While E3 not going ahead this year was disappointing but necessary, the recent online activity from publishers only points to better and more convenient reveals.
With the new Pokémon Sword & Shield DLC landing this week I never thought they would announce much, but oh… they did, well… one significant announcement, but more on that later!
Following the strange Pokémon Sleep announcement, it seems that Pokémon wants to be part of every aspect of our lives. Firstly, before I start to joke about how I think they are just trying to turn every activity into a Pokémon activity… I want to mention that I suppose I see the benefits of this, I do not have kids, but I can see kids enjoying this. I may even give it a go myself. It is a nice incentive to do a tedious task for children, and I understand the rationale behind it. Also, it was released directly after the showcase, so unlike Pokémon Sleep, it can be used straight away.
Now, the thing that gets me is that where does this end? Pokémon first released Pokémon Go, which was incredible but still that… if you want to keep it to their new naming system is much like a ‘Pokémon Walk’. Aimed at keeping people fit and it was a huge success, I saw so many people out and about enjoying the game. I imagine people were feeling all the better for doing so! Also, there was a (mostly) positive effects on the community, people were happy and talking! It was weird, going out in public was just a headphone in and forget the rest of the people. But with the release of Go, I was talking to strangers, and it was fun. Areas that I forgot about, or rarely visited in my home city, were now full of people like me, it was beautiful!
Interestingly, Pokémon are looking at ways to introduce gaming, or I suppose the Pokémon brand, into many different aspects of our lives. Weird, with some potential for some sinister motives… Isn’t this how many robot take over and dystopian movies start? Companies just become intertwined with every aspect of our lives then *Boom* robot take over… but with Pokémon? Ah… could be worse, I suppose.
Pokémon Cafe Mix
You know, there is not much to talk about here. Just looks like another ‘Mobile game’ that will try to use the Pokémon brand to get some microtransaction sales, I suppose. There are even one of those energy meter things that are bound to be tied to in-game-purchases. It’s a cafe-builder-puzzle-game? The main gameplay is going to revolve around the puzzles with the new goal of building up your cafe. Although the designs are adorable. A bit of a nothing announcement in my opinion.
New Pokémon Snap
I mean, this is what everyone is talking about. Pokémon Snap was such a simple premise, ride around on a predetermined track while taking photos of Pokémon. It is not a genius idea, but the game was incredible. What I loved as a kid playing Pokémon Snap was finding all the secrets within the game. The ability to throw food or knock Pokémon into areas and have them evolve or attract different Pokémon was such a joy as a kid! I loved the little secrets and things that you had to work for within the game, I suppose they were Easter-eggs. Plus, the final mission which tasked you with capturing a picture of mew will always stand out to me. Possibly one of my favourite Videogame levels of all time.
I have always simply wanted a remaster; I never considered the possibility of a new game. What is exciting is the plethora of new Pokémon that the game has added since the first snap. Twenty years! That is the first time a game has made me feel old.
The new legendries and mythical just get me so excited, I just hope they keep that original mystery surrounding the secrets and make them something we have to work for! This announcement was such a shock, I’m not ashamed to say that I was bouncing around my living room once I saw the camera interface, my wife can testify for this. Initially, I thought it would be a new gen 4 remaster. But this, for me at least, is so much better!
Pokémon Go News
Pokémon talked about how they have made the game easier to play at home during the lockdown. I’m hoping they actually keep this, as I imagine that the fact people can play at home is beneficial to many people.
Mega-Evolutions are going to be added, which is excellent for the competitive scene that may exist. I know that they have added a competitive list and the addition of these new evolutions are sure to shake that meta up! I will undoubtedly be joining back to check it out, I love some of the Mega-Evolutions.
Pokémon Sword and Shield
With the DLC release this week they have shown what they are doing to support the new influx of players. They will be adding the mythical Pokémon Zeroara to max raid battles with a unique goal. If one million players defeat Zeroara by the 28th, then every player within the game will be gifted a Shiny Zeroara. To me, this is an incredible way to keep people engaged. Community challenges are an excellent way to get people playing and grinding, add some mythical and shiny Pokémon to that, and it is even better!
That is, it for this announcement. However, there is another event on the 25th of June. I will be covering that, but I am interested, do you think they will announce a Gen 4 remake? I personally think it is about time, but I also believe they may reveal a new version of the ‘Let’s go’ games. My only concern about that is how they do it? Since they have the Eevee and Pikachu versions, will they choose new mascots, or continue with the original mascots? Who knows?